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Mar 4, 2010:  City Launches Open Data Initiative

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The City of Arvada recently launched a data catalog through a new project called the Arvada OpenData Initiative. The purpose of Arvada OpenData is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the City of Arvada.  Arvada OpenData was collaboratively developed internally through the cooperation of the GeoData Services and Information Services divisions.

Arvada OpenData currently provides access to data, maps, and third-party applications through a searchable data catalog. You may access data in XML, Text/CSV, KML/KMZ, Feeds, XLS, or ESRI Shapefile formats. The catalog of tools links you to sites that include data mining and extraction tools and widgets. Datasets and tools available on Arvada OpenData are searchable by category and keyword. Once in the catalog, click on the "title" (i.e, the name of the dataset or tool of interest) and you will be taken to a page with more details and metadata on that specific dataset or tool. It's easy to find what you are looking for.

Arvada OpenData is being launched with a limited number of datasets and tools. These initial entries in the catalog were nominated by internal departments as examples of raw datasets that already enjoy a high degree of consensus around definitions, are in formats that are readily usable, include the availability of metadata, and provide support for machine-to-machine data transfer. In addition to raw datasets, some departments offered data extraction and mining tools, and widgets.

Additional datasets and tools will be added to Arvada OpenData regularly as a result of departmental submissions and to specific requests made by users of this site. Furthermore, the content, structure, and scope of the site will evolve over time and the catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. We invite you to actively participate in shaping the future of Arvada OpenData by suggesting additional datasets or building and submitting applications with the available data.

Try it yourself at http://arvada.org/opendata